The Hoff, The Fonz and beating the ticket scammers!

My kids have started putting in their requests for which shows they want to see this Christmas.  Minnie (aged 7) LOVES her annual trip to the ballet and the rest of the kids ALWAYS enjoy a panto. Having a look through the list of pantos this year, I am always amazed at the celebs who are taking part.  Captain Hook in Nottingham this year is played by David Hasselhoff and Hook in Richmond is being played by none other than The Fonz, Henry Winkler.  It is silly and SO much fun!

Hoff

I usually head online and start trawling the internet to find the best tickets at the best prices.  I have always been lucky and managed to get some real bargains but according to ticket site viagogo, I am one of the fortunate ones.  They say that a massive 4.7 million of us have been the victim of a ticket scam and a staggering £50 million was lost to ticket fraud between March 2012 and March 2013! Ouch!

According to their data, the most scammed events last year were big music concerts like Coldplay and One Direction and this Christmas popular shows like Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake, the hilarious Book of Mormon (trust me, it is BRILLIANT but truly offensive!) and Snow White and Aladdin are already potential targets for scammers.

You are usually at biggest risk when trying to get tickets to a sold out show.  Your first port of call should be the venue to see if they have had any returns. If not, then gumtree and eBay usually have lots of tickets listed but beware of fakes and use common sense – never arrange to meet someone to exchange cash on your own.

One Direction

It is so important to exercise caution when using a search engine too. Just because a site comes out on top for a search for ‘One Direction tour tickets’ (not for me, honest!), it doesn’t guarantee that the company is legitimate or that you’ll get your much longed for seat in the arena! Check out every company by looking for feedback online or any complaints that people have made, especially in the press.

Finally, only buy tickets from websites that offer a guarantee. On sites such as viagogo, the seller does not get paid until the buyer has attended the event. If there is any problem with the tickets, it is the seller who will have to pay the price of a replacement or refund. Great system!

I have actually been really organised this year and already have my tickets to The Nutcracker. If you want to find out how to be first in line for the best shows in town, read my article on how to bag cheap tickets

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